2021 Subaru Baja Arrives With a New Platform and New Engine

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Yes, the mid-size pickup truck segment is perhaps the strongest one. But watch out, a compact pickup truck is becoming hot. The upcoming 2021 Subaru Baja is a pickup that will surely attract a lot of interests. It is a popular move from basically every manufacturer. Bringing back the old and iconic nameplate. Subaru Baja is one of those iconic models. This pickup truck was present between 2003 and 2006.

The new 2021 model will depart from the 2000s one. Baja will remain a compact model, and it will look very aggressive. The off-road capable model will also provide functional interior and modern exterior design. As for the performance, we still don’t know what to expect. However, a high-performance variant is almost certain to happen.

2021 Subaru Baja exterior

2021 Baja Gets Unibody Architecture

One of the biggest questions about the 2021 Subaru Baja is its platform. Of course, two scenarios are possible for this compact pickup truck. Thanks to Subaru’s cooperation with Toyota, we hope for body-on-frame architecture. The most famous Japanese manufacturer created so many models with this type of underpinnings. On the other hand, Baja will be produced in a completely different way. The latest reports are suggesting a unibody platform. It is a rare move from Subaru, especially in the pickup truck segment.

Whatsoever, only Honda Ridgeline rides on the same architecture. Still, the 2021 Baja could primarily benefit from it. A crossover-like appearance and practical interior are some of the most likely outcomes. On top of that, Baja will get better ride quality than most of its rivals. What are the cons? Subaru Baja will have lower towing capacity than the body-on-frame models. Whatsoever, Ridgeline tows only 5,000 pounds.

2006 Subaru Baja design

2006 Subaru Baja

Styling and Interior Design

In terms of styling, the new 2021 Subaru Baja will be completely redesigned. The arriving Baja will mostly depart from its predecessor in every possible way. The new pickup is based on the famous “Viziv” concept. That means we can expect numerous crossover-like features. Moreover, Outback and Forster SUVs will have a significant impact on Baja’s styling. Subaru Ascent is based on the very same concept, and the first results are impressive. Still, Baja will wear a lot of classic pickup cues. That includes an angular approach, bolder design, and extended bumpers.

If the reports are correct, 2021 Baja will be larger than the Honda Ridgeline model. Moreover, we expect a double-cab variant to be in the offer as one of the available configurations. The cabin will provide a lot of space and decent cargo capacity. The interior layout will be similar to the layout inside the Ascent. Finally, Subaru will deliver a lot of quality materials and plenty of high-tech features.

2021 Subaru Baja interior

Engine Specs

There should be no doubts when it comes to powertrain options under the hood of 2021 Subaru Baja. Subaru already developed an all-new engine that will power the complete lineup of the company’s pickup trucks. It is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline variant. This engine can produce up to 260 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. These figures are on par with larger engines you can find in the rest of the lineup. However, Subaru’s latest innovation is more fuel-efficient.

Subaru’s iconic all-wheel-drive system will be available as well. The latest rumors are suggesting a high-performance variant as well. On top of that, there will be numerous trim levels available. However, the high-performance version is off-road oriented. It will get a lot of upgrades, off-road kit, and more power. Still, this is just a rumor at the moment.

2021 Subaru Baja Price and Release Date

The price of the all-new 2021 Subaru Baja will start at around $26,500. The new model got a green light and is currently under production. Some reports are suggesting an even higher starting price, about $30,000.

Still, a lower price for Baja’s return is a more realistic option. Unibody compact pickup truck will hit the markets at the beginning of 2021.

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